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236 5th Ave, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001-7606 (Between 27th & 28th)
+1 212-683-2929
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:30
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Sun 11:00 - 22:30
Mon - Wed 17:30 - 22:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Thu - Fri 17:30 - 23:30
Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Arlington, Virginia
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A little disappointed, came for lunch. Sat in back room at a table for two and very very close to other tables. It is a big place, maybe they are trying to maximize number of people in one space- for me it was uncomfortable. The food was ok, I was expecting a little more since I was told that it... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The good news is that my adult guest and I had a great dinner at Ilili. The restaurant is beautiful and stylish. It was a bit noisy and bustling, tables are close, but the chairs are comfortable and we could talk easily. It's clearly a popular spot, with a large lounge. The thyme salad was different than the norm...and fresh... More 

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Redlands, California
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134 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's so nice to visit a place like NYC and have a local show you the ropes. We got a great line on ilili from a friend. The place is cool! The service attentive. The food divine. We started with our favorites, hummus, baba ganoush (perfect, on the brink of being burned but not!), grape leaves, the cheese rolls (more... More 

Thank SaladAlexander
New York, NY
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is good, I'll grant you that. Well maybe not "good" per se, but certainly edible. Definitely not great, and even if it was, that would not justify the simply terrible service. I liked the mezzes. I've had better in outer-borough falafel joints. But that was not the problem. The problem was that after the snooty waiter took our... More 

Thank Dantonovitch
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

By far one of the best restaurants in NYC! Do not miss the Brussels sprouts, the falafel, hummus and the best dish is the duck shawarma!!! Out of the menu is the baklava, amazing dessert. The service is fantastic, ambiance beautiful!! One of our best experiences in new york!!

1 Thank Samuel M
Wells, New York
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Right up front, this will NOT be our last visit. In the city for a show. The wife and I wanted something different. We stopped in for the brunch menu. As is our want, neither got anything the same and together we try all the dishes we order. While in the military I spent time in the Mediterranean (Europe, Middle... More 

2 Thank milepoint
Kimberton, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Ilili is authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. It is definitely one of my favorite restaurants! The atmosphere is warm and welcoming; the ingredients, fresh and exquisitely prepared. My favorite main dish, semolina gnocchi, is soft and elegant. Paired with the yogurt sauce, pine nuts and orange zest, it is phenomenal. The hommus, baba ghannouj, and warak enab are also delicious. The... More 

1 Thank Nicole M
Brisbane, Australia
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We arrived on a Tuesday evening without a reservation and had to wait a short while for a table, despite the fact that the restaurant has two large dining areas. It's popularity is well deserved. Two of us shared a selection of five meze dishes and each was delicious as was the accompanying bread. The duck shawarma was probably my... More 

Thank Evelyn W
Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

My hubby and I ordered the Mixed Grill it was so delicious and the meat tender. The grilled to perfection seasonal veggies perfect. Waiter suggested their signature Brussels sprouts yum to die for! Coming back again before leaving the big Apple.

Thank FatimahUqdah
New York
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Best Lebanese in NYC. Every time I come to town I stop by . The food is always great. The raw kibbeh is to die for .

2 Thank Jennifer R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$75
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 236 5th Ave, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001-7606
    (Between 27th & 28th)
  • Public Transportation: N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighbourhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: +1 212-683-2929
New York's premier contemporary Mediterranean restaurant offering inspired Lebanese cuisine. The menu combines authentic dishes with modern Mediterranean influences to create a culinary journey for the palate and senses. The decor echoes the diverse menu, combining the architectural richness of old Lebanon with a style that's unmistakably New York. Music from around the globe and soft amber lighting create a sexy, sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy a relaxed meal. One of "The 8 Best Restaurants for Group Dining in New York", Zagat 2011.ilili is also the ideal destination for events, featuring perfect spaces for any occasion. Event menus range from hors d'oeuvres & cocktails to our signature shared menus for seated dinners.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?